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Every Orthodox family in Serbia traditionally has its patron saint. On the day dedicated to that saint, they celebrate it and it is called Slava (Celebration). But every village also has its patron saint, whom whole village celebrates together - Seoska (village) Slava.
After the Second World War, every village established (under the influence of the socialist government) the day when it celebrates a significant event from the revolution, when most locals joined the partisans, or when most of them were killed or when the village was liberated from occupation...
It is celebrated in a similar way, but unlike the celebration of a saint (which is called a church Slava), it was called in slang: Socialitic Slava (officially Village Day). When socialism disappeared, the custom of celebrating both Slavas remained, but the epithet socialistic disappeared.
The celebration usually starts in the late afternoon. During the day in front of the church there are only sellers of traditional products (from toys to sweets) and of course children!

This photo was taken about noon!

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